"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 30
Ep.# in Series: 164
Air date April 26, 1964
Guest starring:
Written by Murray Golden

Leon Benson
Jessica Benson

Directed by Murray Golden
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Companeros
Next Episode:
The Dark Past
External links
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A famous Italian opera singer is invited to sing at the local Virginia City opera house. One snag: he may resemble on paper a runaway slave they were just notified about; and some of the townspeople want him arrested or worse.


Fresh from a triumphant tour in Italy, famous Negro opera singer Thomas Bowers comes to Virginia City for a show and encounters extreme bigotry and prejudice. He's even arrested as an escaped slave. The Cartwrights come to his aid.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Die Thomas Bowers Story", meaning "The Thomas Bowers Story".
  • Producer David Dortort met with some resistance from sponsor General Motors over the production of this episode which aired during the unsettled days of the civil right movement. During the summer reruns, Dortort made sure this episode re-aired, though two stations in the South refused and preempted it.




See alsoEdit

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